Course Description

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In this course, we will define, explain and correctly use terms and concepts of basic hydrologic processes including evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, infiltration, ground-water flow and surface runoff. We will understand the hydrologic cycle and the ways that humans impact hydrology including erosion, sedimentation, and contamination. We will solve basic hydrologic problems to estimate the magnitude and frequency of hydrologic events. We will learn methods to measure flow and discharge rates. Examples will be included from real environmental problems. 


Intended Audience: 

Environmental professionals in a wide range of careers including habitat restoration, environmental sampling, and construction. 


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Course Topics

Water and hydrology background

Hydrological cycle

Soil properties and water

Aquifers, wells, water table

Measurements - discharge, flow rate, peak, Ordinary high water mark

Human impacts to hydrology

What to Bring

Pen or pencil to take notes and paper if you do not want to take notes in your manual.  Drinks and snacks will be provided each day and lunch will be on your own.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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